Dulce de Leche or Arequipe Brownies

by Erica Dinho on July 27, 2011

Brownies con Dulce de Leche

Dishes made with dulce de leche have a special place in my heart. Maybe it’s because it makes everything taste really good. Today I have a special treat for you.

About a month ago my son asked me to make some brownies. So I decided to add dulce de leche to the brownies and let me tell you, it was a great decision…they were fantastic! I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

Buen provecho!



  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 12 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups dulce de leche or arequipe

Dulce de Leche Brownies


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the butter and bittersweet chocolate together in a large heavy based pan over a low heat.
  3. In a bowl, beat the eggs together with the sugar and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the egg and sugar mixture to the chocolate and beat well.
  5. Add the flour and salt. Then stir in the chocolate chips. Beat to combine then scrape and pour half of the mixture into the prepared baking pan.
  6. Spread the dulce de leche over the mixture. Pour the remaining brownie batter over the dulce de leche layer.
  7. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes.
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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rachana July 27, 2011 at 8:39 AM

mmmm…. this looks so inviting… yummm…


2 Jamie July 27, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Do you make dulce de leche or buy it? If I can buy it, where can I find it?


3 Jamie July 27, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Jamie here again. Never mind, I found your recipe for the dulce de leche!! Looks great!


4 Kim July 27, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Oh my…those layers of dulce del leche are calling to me. Looks amazing!


5 Simply Life July 27, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Mmm…I wish I could reach out and grab one of those right now!


6 Juliana July 27, 2011 at 7:20 PM

This look amazing with dulce de leche…what a nice “marriage”…brownie and dulce de leche.
Hope you are having a wonderful week Erica :-)


7 MaryMoh July 28, 2011 at 7:26 AM

Ooooh….love this. I will be in chocolate heaven with a bite of this wonderful brownie! :D I always love brownies. Thanks very much for sharing. Hope you have a wonderful day.


8 Faith July 28, 2011 at 12:31 PM

These brownies look incredible with the dulce de leche, Erica! I’m bookmarking this recipe and hoping to make them soon!


9 Stevie July 29, 2011 at 2:37 PM

These look really good. I totally love dulche de leche. Yum!


10 Ruth August 1, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Is the recipe missing some sort of Baking powder or soda? I’m trying to make these and am thinking that might be missing.


11 Erica August 1, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Ruth- I didn’t use baking powder or baking soda.


12 grace August 3, 2011 at 3:48 AM

i’m with ya on the dulce de leche love, erica! great brownies. :)


13 Andrea C August 6, 2011 at 12:26 PM

OMG!!!!! Brownies and arequipe? A match made by the goddess! They look amazing!


14 Melissa August 12, 2011 at 11:34 AM

What size baking pan did you use? Thanks!


15 Erica August 12, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Melissa- 9 x 13


16 Elizabeth August 13, 2011 at 9:49 AM

I made these yesterday and we loved them! Delicious.


17 norma September 20, 2011 at 8:29 AM

And I just made plain brownies…bummer….


18 DodiM December 30, 2011 at 7:18 PM

YUM! My niece just brought me a jar of manjar from Chile – I was wondering how to use it… I’m going to try this!


19 lina February 22, 2012 at 12:58 PM

can i Just make the brownies from regular brownie mix and add the caramel?


20 Erica February 22, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Lina, Yes.


21 Catherine Garcia March 31, 2012 at 2:52 PM

I just want to thank you for having this blog and website! Though I was born in the U.S, my family is from Cali, Colombia and I never managed to pick up on their amazing cooking skills. I have learned to cook so many easy and delicious dishes just by referencing your site, and your recipes are a staple in our home.


Bronx, NY


22 ELVA August 30, 2012 at 10:32 AM

I tried to make brownis for the first time using this recipe. I mixed all the ingredients as as described and after I took the brownies out of the oven I let them rest for 5 minutes and then placed them in the fridge over night. But this morning the brownies were really hard (like a rock). But the flavor of was really good.
I want to try to make them again? but wanted to ask you.
Is the recipe missing some sort of Baking powder or soda? Is there something I did wrong? what do u mean with prepared baking pan?


23 Erica September 2, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Elva- Prepared pan=greased
Brownies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.


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